I don't know about you, but I have so many quilting books, and I will likely keep buying my favorites. The problem is, I hardly ever actually make something from my books. So this year, I started a quilters' book club back when my kids started school in September.
Each month of the school year, I am choosing a book to highlight and make one block. This gives me a chance to take a new look at my favorite books and to actually make a project inspired by them. At the end of the school year, I will have nine...
For the month of December, my book club book is "Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe".
I have pretty much wanted this book since it was released, just from seeing the projects on other blogs, but I only just found it at the store. I happened to have a coupon, so I scooped it up. It did not disappoint.
For my monthly block, I made a sawtooth star inspired by Jeni Baker's pattern in the book, "Mini Claw Throw"
Something unique about this book that I love: there are no basic sewing instructions. It is actual quilt patterns from beginning to end....
It is the first Sunday of October, and that means we have a new Book Club book!
This month, I chose "The Practical Guide to Patchwork" by Elizabeth Hartman (Stash Books).
For my block of the month (top), I made one from the "planetarium" pattern in the book. Elizabeth made a whole quilt of these blocks, all in cheery sherbet colors and crisp white sashing.
My favorite quilt in the book might be "little leaves" (above). It is made up of blocks of, well, little leaves, in bright colors. So fresh and pretty.
The things I like about Elizabeth's books:
She includes alternate suggestions...
It is the first of September, the start of a new school year for our little ones, and I think we Sewers should hit the books, too.
Each month I will feature a quilting book that inspires me and making up a 12 1/2" (unfinished) block from the book or adapted/inspired by a pattern in the book. At the end, I will have nine fun blocks to sew into a sampler or individual mini quilts, or pillows.....
Will you join me?
Our first book to study is PillowPop, compiled by Heather Bostic. You can find this at your local library (that's where...